October 12, 2000

Jim Williams To Run As Write-In Candidate

By Jon A. Brake

Two term Riley County Commissioner Jim Williams will run for Commissioner of the 2nd District as a write-in
candidate. Williams lost the August 2 Republican Primary Election to long time Riley County Police Director
Alvan Johnson.

Williams told the Manhattan Free Press Wednesday that only fifteen percent of registered Republicans went to
the polls in August. "One hundred percent of the registered Democrats and Independents and eighty-three
percent of the registered Republicans had no say in who will serve as their commissioner," William said.

Williams said, "Since the primary election, I have talked to a large number of constituents, Republicans,
Democrats and Independents alike, who were disappointed at having only one candidate for 2nd District
Commissioner in the general election on November 7th."

Williams said the decision to enter the race was not an easy one, but this will give the voters a choice in